Theatre Review: “Bunny Spectacular” by Q Artistry

On Friday, April 1, 2011 I drove to the Historic Irvington Lodge on the near east side of Indianapolis to see the world premiere of Q Artistry’s “Bunny Spectacular.”  It was directed by Ben Asaykwee, with segments directed by Maria Meschi.  Ryan Powell and Carrie Morgan were the assistant directors.

If you are a regular reader of Indy Theatre Habit, you know that I almost never have time to write about shows for children.  However, I made time for this show because a) I love Q Artistry’s work in general and b) a giant bunny came to visit me with free tickets to opening night.

“Bunny Spectacular” is definitely a treat of a show for families with little kids, but this solo adult had a great time, too.

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Theatre Review: “Auntie Mame” at Buck Creek, Plus 2011-2012 BCP Season

Last Saturday night I drove to the southeast side of Indianapolis to the Buck Creek Playhouse to see the Buck Creek Players’ production of “Auntie Mame.”  It was written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on the 1955 bestselling novel by Patrick Dennis.  It was directed for Buck Creek by Andrew Ranck and produced by Cheryl Kern.

I love the 1974 movie version starring Lucille Ball and I would like to read the novel some day.  Now, after seeing this non-musical stage version, I am fonder than ever of the irrepressible title character and her story. 

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Theatre Review: “This” at the Phoenix Theatre

Last Thursday night I drove to the Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis to see the Midwest premiere of “This,” by Melissa James Gibson.  It was directed for the Phoenix by Dale McFadden, assisted by Jonathan James Courtemanche.  It was produced by the Phoenix’s Producing Director, Bryan Fonseca.

It is a smart, delicately funny show that made me wish I had brought a whole box of tissues with me.

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Theatre Review: “The Gospel According to James” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

 

Last Friday I drove to the Indiana Repertory Theatre in downtown Indianapolis to see the opening night performance of the world premiere of “The Gospel According to James.”  It was written by Charles Smith and directed by Chuck Smith.  It was commissioned by the IRT and its artistic director, Janet Allen, after she read two books by Indiana historian James Madison:  The Indiana Way and A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America.  It is the tenth new play in the IRT’s Indiana Series.

It is a powerful, richly layered, surprisingly multi-issue drama that left me exhilarated.

I agree whole-heartedly with what some person I don’t know (@Dime30) tweeted right after the Friday night performance:  “OMG,” he wrote.  “Go and see ‘The Gospel According to James’ @IRTlive. Powerful, gripping, awe inspiring, emotional, it’s not what u think, it’s better.” (bolding is mine)

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Several Quickie Reviews and a Writing Plan

(Photo is of Jonah Winston in “Diaspora.”  Photo provided by the director, Michael Hosp.  See below for more info about the show.)

Well, I have been tweeting fairly regularly (@IndyTheatre) but I am way behind in my blogging!  What can I say?  My fulltime day job and my personal life have demanded most of my attention lately.   I haven’t accepted many media passes this year so far because I knew I wouldn’t have much time in which to write about shows.

However.

I have not stopped seeing live theatre and storytelling and I hope you won’t give up on checking Indy Theatre Habit for Indianapolis-area theatre and storytelling news, reviews, and reflections.  Here is my writing plan for the next few days:

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2011 Alex Award Winners Announced

I just got back from San Diego, California, where the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting was held this year. 

I was there to meet with my eight colleagues on the Alex Award committee.  We had to determine this year’s winners in time for them to be announced at the annual Youth Media Awards press conference at the crack of dawn Monday morning, January 10, 2011.  We had met once before in person in Washington, DC at the ALA’s Annual Conference during the summer of 2010, but we had been reading and emailing each other about hundreds of possibilities all year.

If you have been reading Indy Theatre Habit from the beginning, you may remember my posts about the 2010 Alex Award winners and the 2009 Alex Award winners.  I also served on the committee that determined the 2008 Alex Award winners but they were announced right before I started this blog.

And yes, yes, I know that this is a theatre reviews blog, not a book reviews blog, but hey, it’s my blog, and this was my last year to serve on the Alex committee, and so I say that I’m going to give you one more list of books that you might enjoy reading on Monday nights when most theatres around here are dark.

The Alex Award is given to up to ten new books that were written for adults but which have potential appeal for teens, too.  Don’t worry if you are not a teenager or, for that matter, a literary snob.  I like to think of the Alex winners as books that hang together well enough for English teachers but which are enjoyable enough for the rest of us to read just for fun.

Here are the ten books that won the Alex Award this year, in order by author’s last name:

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Directory of 2011 Shows

(Last updated:  January 2, 2012. Note: I stopped blogging for a while for a number of reasons beginning in May, 2011 .  I will probably start back up again eventually but in the meantime I continue to see shows for the pleasure of it.  (Of course!) That is why so many shows in this year’s directory are without links: I didn’t/couldn’t write reviews for them.

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Happy New Year!  It is time for me to set up my 2011 Indy Theatre Habit directory.

This year, for the first time, the directory has two parts. 

The first part below has the same structure as the directories that I kept for 2008, 2009, and 2010.  It is a list of the shows that I have seen so far this year, grouped by performance company and then alphabetized by show title, with links to the companies and links to my posts about the shows.  This year I am going to at least post “who did what” for every show I see, even if I don’t have time to write a full review, so that I can easily find that information later if I want it.

Performance companies are also labeled according to whether they are:

** ”professional” (all of the company’s artists and staff are paid)

** “all volunteer,” (none of the company’s artists or staff is paid)

** a “hybrid” (the company has a mixture of paid artists/staff and volunteers)

I will be the first to say that “professional” does not necessarily mean high quality and “all volunteer” does not necessarily mean disappointing quality.  And in late 2009 my friend Greg also raised my consciousness over dinner one night by saying that really, the only professional theatre is one that offers its actors enough performances per week to make a living wage.  By that definition, only the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef-and-Boards Dinner Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Indiana are professional around here, other than touring companies.  That makes sense, but I am sticking with my general categories for now.

The companies are also labeled according to location.  All theatres are in Indiana (USA) unless otherwise noted. 

This list lets me check at a glance whether or not I am seeing shows from a variety of theatres.

The second part is a list of the shows I saw this year in the order that I saw them.  This makes reminiscing more fun and also helps me check that I have added everything I’ve seen to the first part of the directory.  It also serves as reminer to myself of which shows I still need to write about!

If you see any errors or omissions in terms of how I have categorized any of these companies, please let me know, either in a public comment below or by emailing me at amarylliswriter at gmail dot com.

Shows In Order By Theatre

ACTORS THEATRE OF INDIANA  professional; a resident company at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana but also occasionally performs in a few other venues in Indianapolis.

BEEF AND BOARDS DINNER THEATRE – professional; Indianapolis

BOOTH TARKINGTON CIVIC THEATRE (formerly known as the Indianapolis Civic Theatre) – hybrid (designers and staff are paid, performers are volunteers); Indianapolis in early 2011, moved to the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana later in 2011.

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA – professional, touring; Clowes Hall and the Murat Theatre, Indianapolis

BUCK CREEK PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Indianapolis

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, CHICO’S THEATRE DEPARTMENT  (university students; Chico, California)

  • “Little Shop of Horrors”

CARDINAL STAGE COMPANY (professional; Bloomington, Indiana)

  • “Frog and Toad”

CARMEL COMMUNITY PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Carmel

  • “Almost, Maine”
  • I Hate Hamlet
  • “Lights! Camera! Cabaret!”

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS LILLY THEATER professional; Indianapolis

  • The Frog Prince
  • Snoopy!!! The Musical

COMEDY SPORTZ INDIANAPOLIS – professional improv company, all artists are paid; Indianapolis

  • 2011 World Comedy Sportz Championship – 4-day event held this year in Indianapolis with CSz teams from all around the USA and even from Manchester, England.  I attended 4 matches: 2 on the opening Wednesday night and 2 on the Friday night.  SO MUCH FUN!

EPILOGUE PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Indianapolis

  • “To Kill a Mockingbird”

FOOTLITE MUSICALS – all volunteer; Indianapolis

  • “Batboy the Musical”
  • “Curtains”
  • “The Pajama Game”

INDIANA REPERTORY THEATRE – professional; Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS CIVIC THEATRE – see Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

INDIANAPOLIS OPERA – professional; Indianapolis

INDY FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL 56 shows from all over the United States and a few other countries, 7 venues; Indianapolis

  • “Antigone with a Shotgun: the Musical” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Around the World with Cinderella” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “Beer Can Raft and Other Plays” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Box Full of Darkness” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “The Day I Ate Wombat” – ComedySportz
  • “How to Kill” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “I Love You, We’re F*cked” – ComedySportz
  • “The Impressario” – Cook Theater at the Indiana Landmarks Center
  • “The Lesson” – Cook Theater at the Indiana Landmarks Center
  • “Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Little Red Riding Hood” – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “Lou Ann Homan-Saylor: I Was A Virgin Nudist” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “Lou Sanz: Not Suitable For Children” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “ONEymoon (A Honeymood for One)” – Indy Fringe Theatre
  • “Paul Strickland: Any Title That Works” – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage (I saw this show twice)
  • “Phil the Void: Motherbanking Bankholes” – ComedySportz
  • Preview Cabaret
  • “Red Couch” – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “Satan LIVE!” – Indy Fringe Theatre
  • “Scuba Mission” – ComedySportz
  • “School House Wrong” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “Strike! the Musical” – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • “A Sword and a Kiss” – ComedySportz

INDY FRINGE THEATRE – a variety of companies use this space throughout the year when the Indy Fringe Festival is not going one; Indianapolis

  • “Diaspora” – a Half/Black production
  • “Funny: A Trunk Show”
  • “Welcome to Afghanistan” – solo performance by Matt Panesh
  • “Welcome to the UK” – solo performance by Matt Panesh, aka Monkey Poet

Miscellaneous

  • “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Indiana – no review or blog post because I almost never blog about student shows, but just between you and me, this show was funny and a lot of fun!
  • “Annie, Jr.” at Clay Middle School in Carmel, Indiana – no review or log post because I almost never blog about student shows, but just between you and me, this show was charming and a lot of fun!

OFF MAIN STREET PLAYERS – all-volunteer; Zionsville

  • “Steel Magnolias”

PHOENIX THEATRE professional; Indianapolis

Q ARTISTRY – hybrid (actors and some others are paid, depending on the show); Indianapolis

SPOTLIGHT 2011 – This annual gala to benefit the Indiana AIDS Fund features a variety show to which a wonderful mix of local performance arts group contribute.

STORYTELLING ARTS OF INDIANA – professional; Indianapolis

  • “Dracula” by Megan Wells
  • Jim May, filling in for Antonio Rocha
  • “The Next Best Thing” told by Antonio Sacre
  • “Open Casket” told by Minton Sparks
  • “Steamboat Tales: A Rollicking, First-Person Storytelling, Musical Look at Life Along the Ohio River” told by Kevin Stonerock

STUDIO THEATRE – a variety of companies use this space, which opened in February, 2011 as part of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.  See also Actors Theatre of Indiana, for example.

  • Joanna Smith

WAYNE TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY THEATRE – all volunteer; Indianapolis at Ben Davis High School

Shows In Order By Date Seen

Tuesday, January 11 – “9 to 5: the Musical” – Broadway Across America at Clowes Hall

Friday, January 14 – “Norway” – Phoenix Theatre

Friday, January 21 – “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” – Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Saturday, January 22 – Storyteller Jim May – Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center

Sunday, January 23 – “9 to 5: the Musical” a second time!

Saturday, January 29 – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Wayne Township Community Theatre at Ben Davis High School

Sunday, January 30 – “Steamboat Tales: A Rollicking, First-Person Storytelling, Musical Look at Life Along the Ohio River” told by Kevin Stonerock – Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society at the Indiana History Center

Thursday, February 10 – “Hairspray” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

Thursday, February 17 – “Goldie, Max and Milk” at the Phoenix Theatre

Saturday, February 19 – “Open Casket” told by Minton Sparks -Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Friday, February 25 – Joanna Smith – Emerging Artists series – Studio Theatre – The Performing Arts Center in Carmel, Indiana.

Saturday, February 26 – “Diaspora” – Half/Black Productions at the Indy Fringe Theatre.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 – “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy” – Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, March 4, 2011 – “To Kill a Mockingbird” – Epilogue Players.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – “La Tragedie de Carmen” – final dress rehearsal – Indianapolis Opera at the Frank and Katrina Basile Opera Center.

Friday, March 11, 2011 – “Annie, Jr.” – Clay Middle School.

Friday, March 11, 2011 – “Welcome to Afghanistan” – Matt Panesh – Indy Fringe Theatre.

Friday, March 11, 2011 – “Welcome to the UK” – Matt Panesh, aka Monkey Poet – Indy Fringe Theatre.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 – “The Next Best Thing” told by Antonio Sacre – produced by Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Sunday, March 13, 2011 – “Cabaret” – Indianapolis Civic Theatre

Friday, March 18, 2011 – “The Pajama Game” – Footlite Musicals

Friday, March 25, 2011 – “The Gospel According to James” – Indiana Repertory Theatre

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon” – Creekside Middle School

Saturday, March 26, 2011 – “Funny: A Trunk Show” at the Indy Fringe Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2011 – “This” at the Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, April 1, 2011 – “Bunny Spectacular” by Q Artistry

Saturday, April 2, 2011 – “Auntie Mame” by the Buck Creek Players.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 – “I Hate Hamlet” by the Carmel Community Players.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 – “Annie Get Your Gun” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

Thursday, April 7, 2011 – “I Hate Hamlet” by the Carmel Community Players – a second time!

Saturday, April 9, 2011 – “The Kids Left! The Dog Died! Now what?” at Theatre on the Square.

Sunday, April 10, 2011 – “The Frog Prince” at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 – “Rock of Ages” by Broadway Across America at Clowes Hall.

Saturday, April 23, 2011 – “The 39 Steps” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Saturday, April 30, 2011 – “Chicago” by Actors Theatre of Indiana at The Studio Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Monday, May 2, 2011 – “Spotlight” at Clowes Hall.

Friday, May 13, 2011 – “Frog and Toad” by the Cardinal Stage Company in Bloomington, Indiana.

Saturday, May 14, 2011 – “Cinderella” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

Saturday, June 18, 2011 – “Frankenstein the Musical” by the Buck Creek Players at Buck Creek Playhouse.

Sunday, June 19, 2011 – “Avenue Q” at the Phoenix Theatre.  I saw the 2pm show and loved it so much that I went back to see the 6pm show, too.  I was lucky I did!  This show had an extended run and shortly after this weekend sold out completely.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 – “Batboy the Musical” at Footlite.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – “2011 ComedySportz World Championship” at the Athenaeum.  Opening night, two matches:  Manchester vs. Indianapolis, Chicago vs. Milwaukee.

Thursday, July 21, 2011 – “With a Bang,” by Pete McElligott, at the Phoenix Theatre.

Friday, July 22, 2011 – “2011 ComedySportz World Championship” at the Athenaeum.  9:30 set of two matches: New York vs. Portland, Los Angeles vs. Indianapolis.

July 30, 2011 – “The Eel Catchers,” world premier writtenby Bennett Ayres.  Directed by James Tillett.  Starred Erin Cohenour, Doug Johnson, Craig Reasoner, and Ben Tebbe.  Shown at at Theatre on the Square but not a TOTS production.  I still haven’t added this to add this to theatre section, above, because I can’t remember the name of the production company.

August 7, 2011 – “Snoopy!!! The Musical” at the Lilly Theater in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  Scot Greenberg played the title role.  The show also starred Jeremy Grimmer, Patrick Mullen, Maria Souza-Eglen, Julie Mauri, Kayla Bennett, and…. (someone cute and talented as Schroeder on the piano.)  Directed by Ty Stover.  Sound design by Bill Book. Choreography by Kenny Shepard.  That’s all I remember.  There was no program, only a poster outside the theatre.  I wish I had copied it all down!  Drat.

August 11 and 12, 2011 – Blog Indiana 2011 conference.  When I asked Noah Coffey, co-founder, about registering for only one of the two days because I had limited funds, he gave me a free ticket to the whole thing because I am someone “who has supported us from the beginning.” Was that sweet or what?!  So I asked off for a second day from my day job and attended the whole thing.  And it was WONDERFUL.  I am logging it here because a) there was a fair amount of “show business” to it and b) I got a lot of good ideas for retooling my blog when I return to writing it.

August 13, 2011 – “Lights! Camera! Cabaret” – Carmel Community Players.  I went to this to hear a Twitter buddy, Scott Semester (@sssemester) sing, but I enjoyed several of the other performers as well.  This was a fun collection of community talent of all ages.

Unfortunately, when I came out of that show, I learned that the outdoor stage at the Indiana State Fair had collapsed in unexpectedly high winds, killing at least four people – including one of the stagehands – and injuring many more.  We say “anything can happen in live theatre” all the time, but we don’t usually mean dead stagehands. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this accident.

August 18, 2011 – 2011 Indy Fringe Theatre Festival Preview Cabaret

August 19, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “Satan LIVE!” written and performed by Ben Asaykwee at the Indy Fringe Theatre.
  • “Paul Strickland: Any Title That Works” written and performed by Paul Strickland, produced by Beth Marshall Presents – Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

August 20, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “Around the World with Cinderella” written and performed by Mary Hamilton on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana
  • “How to Kill” written by Gabe Gloden, produced by Healthy Living Productions on the Phoenix Theatre’s Main Stage.
  • “Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee” written and performed by Seth LePore on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.
  • “Lou Ann Homan-Saylor: I Was A Virgin Nudist” written and performed by Lou Ann Homan-Saylor on the Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storyelling Arts of Indiana.
  • “School House Wrong” by Three Dollar Bill Comedy – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage.
  • “Box Full of Darkness” written and performed by Mary Armstrong-Smith – Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana.
  • “Strike! The Musical” written and produced by Ben Asaykwee and QArtistry – Phoenix Theatre’s Main Stage.

August 21, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “Little Red Riding Hood” produced by Noexit Performance Company – Theatre on the Square Main Stage
  • “Paul Strickland: Any Title That Works” (2nd time) – Phoenix Theatre’s Basile Stage
  • “A Sword and a Kiss” directed by Ennis Adams, produced by Asante Progressive Hip Hop – ComedySportz
  • “ONEymoon (A Honeymoon for One)” written and performed by Christel Barteise, produced by Dutch Girl Productions – Indy Fringe Theatre
  • “Beer Can Raft and Other Plays,” written by Lou Harry, directed by Karen Irwin, produced by both of them – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage

August 23, 2011 – Indy Fringe show:

August 24, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • Scuba Mission” – performed and produced by Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan – ComedySportz
  • “Antigone with a Shotgun: The Musical – produced by Lindsey Brown and Kevin Burgun – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage

August 25, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • Lou Sanz: Not Suitable for Children” – written, performed, and produced by Lou Sanz – Phoenix Theatre Basile Stage
  • “The Day I Ate Wombat” written, performed, and produced by David Quirk – ComedySportz

August 27, 2011 – Indy Fringe shows:

  • “The Impressario” – a story with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, performed and produced by the Intimate Opera of Indianapolis – Cook Theater at the Landmark Center
  • “The Lesson” – written by Eugene Ionesco, performed and produced by Carmel High School – Cook Theatre at the Landmark Center
  • “I Love You, We’re F*cked” written, performed, and produced by Kevin J. Thornton  – ComedySportz
  • “Like Fire Shut Up In My Bones” – produced by Kim McCann and Sarsparilla Shook Productions – Phoenix Theatre Main Stage
  • Phil the Void: Motherbanking Bankholes” – ComedySportz

September 15, 2011 – “Almost, Maine,” written by John Cariani, directed by Ken Klingenmeier, and produced by Lori Raffel at the Carmel Community Playhouse for the Carmel Community Players.  Cast:  Ericka Barker, Joshua Ramsey, Gavin Rulon, Tamara Rulon, Carrie Schlatter, Daniel Shock.

Friday, September 16, 2011 – “Steel Magnolias,” written by Robert Harling, directed by Marcus Waye for the Off-Main Street Players in Zionsville.

Sunday, September 18, 2011 – “Dracula,” adapted by Steven Dietz, Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 – “The Drowsy Chaperone” – Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.  This was my first time at the new Tarkington Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.  Splendid show, splendid experience!

Friday, September 23, 2011 – “Curtains” – Footlite Musicals.

Saturday, September 24, 2011 – “Dracula” – solo storytelling based on the classic by Bram Stoker, adapted and told by storyteller Megan Wells via Storytelling Arts of Indiana at the Indiana History Center.

Thursday, October 14, 2011 – “Little Shop of Horrors,” music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman, directed for California State University, Chico’s Department of Theatre by Joel P. Rogers, conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett in the Harlen Adams Theatre on campus.  My godmother took me to see this while I was visiting her in Chico.  On our way into the theatre, we happened to meet the Audrey II giant plant puppet operator for Act One: Zachary Burch.  He was a cutie and fun to talk with in person, and he did a great job of making that giant plant come alive on stage!

Saturday, October 15, 2011 – “Lost: a Memoir,” adapted for the stage by Cathy Ostlere and Dennis Garnhum, based on the nonfiction book by Cathy Ostlere.  This beautiful one-woman show starring Constance Macy was part of the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s 3rd annual “Going Solo” festival.  Directed by Jennifer Blackmer.  Scenic designer: Robert M. Koharchik.  Costume designer: Beth Bennett.  Lighting designer: Ryan Koharchik.  Sound designer: Jen Groseth.  Dramaturg: Richard J. Roberts.  Stage managers: Amy K. Denkmann and Joel Grynheim.  The world premiere of “Lost” was presented by Theatre Calgary in Canada, directed by Dennis Garnhum.  The IRT’s production is the USAmerican premiere.

Friday, October 22, 2011 – “The Night of the Living Dead, Part 1” directed by R. Brian Noffke, produced by Acting Up Productions, presented at the Indy Fringe Theatre.  I loved the 9:30 p.m. performance so much that I hung around in my car tweeting for a while and then went back inside for the midnight show!

(I still need to record this show above under its theatre company.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011 – “I Love to Eat,” written and directed by James Still for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  Starred Robert Neal.  Part of the 3rd Going Solo festival.

(I still need to record this show above.)

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 – “Spring Awakening” at the Phoenix Theatre.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Friday, November 4, 2011 – “Jericho” at the Phoenix Theatre.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Thursday, November 10, 2011 – “Amadeus” at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Saturday, November 12, 2011 – “Lying in State” by the Epilogue Players, followed by the 10pm match at ComedySportz.

(I still need to record these shows above and add credits here.)

Saturday, November 19, 2011 – “Six Degrees of Separation” by the Carmel Community Players.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Saturday, November 26, 2011 – “Happy Dranksgiving” by Three Dollar Bill Comedy at the White Rabbit.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits here.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011 – “Boogie Woogie Holidays” by BobDirex at the Athenaeum – Twitter Preview Night.

(I still need to record this show above and add credits.)

Sunday, December 11, 2011 – “Our Goose Is Cooked: A Very Phoenix Xmas 6” – Phoenix Theatre

(I still need to record this show above and add credits.)

Saturday, December 17, 2011 – “There’s No Bizness Like Snow Bizness” – Christine Pedi at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club.

(I still need to record this above, too.)

Thursday, December 29, 2011 – “Willy Wonka” at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.

(I still need to record this above, too.)

*****   

 ‘See you at the theatres!

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

P.S. – I found the photo above in the Creative Commons area of Flickr.com when I put the word “assortment” into the search box.  It is called “Valentine’s Day Chocolate Assortment” and was taken by little blue hen (Stacey.)

It will do, but it made me wish I had a photo of an assortment of chocolate truffles from The Best Chocolate in Town store on Massachusetts Avenure here in Indianapolis.  Oh, my goodness, they are delicious!  And beautiful!  And fun!  If I ever figure out how to offer advertising space to local companies here on Indy Theatre Habit, Best Chocolate in Town will be one of the first companies I approach.

By the way, my second choice of photo for this directory was this:

This photo is also from the Creative Commons area of Flickr.com.  It is called “Assortment of Theatre Masks” and was taken by virtusincertus at the National Archeological Museum of Naples.    I am putting it here at the end of the directory just because I like it.

H. Baugh

Theatre Review: “The Belle of Amherst” at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Yesterday afternoon I drove to the Marian University campus on the west side of Indianapolis to see the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s very enjoyable production of “The Belle of Amherst.”  It was written by William Luce and directed by Robert J. Sorbera. 

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Theatre Review: “My Name is Asher Lev” at the Phoenix

On Friday, October 29, 2010, I drove to the Mass. Ave. theatre district of downtown Indianapolis to see the Phoenix Theatre’s production of “My Name is Asher Lev.”  This Midwest premiere was directed by Martha Jacobs and produced by Bryan Fonseca.  The script was adapted by Aaron Posner from the novel by Chaim Potok (which I have not yet read, but now want to.)

I loved this show!  Here is what I wrote right away the next Monday morning on Lou Harry’s arts & entertainment blog for the Indianapolis Business Journal:

“I felt lucky, later in the weekend, to be at the Phoenix Theatre to see ‘My Name is Asher Lev.’ The three actors in it are outstanding, and the story of a Hasidic Jew who becomes a revered and reviled painter in the larger world had me fighting back sobs.  I am looking forward to writing about it on my own blog soon.”

God laughed at my “soon” but I do finally have this morning free in which to write, so here is my more detailed response to “My Name is Asher Lev”:

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Theatre Review: “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play” at the Phoenix Theatre

Dear Reader, I must apologize for again taking longer than a week to post a review.  I saw and loved Sarah Ruhl’s Tony-and-Pulitzer-nominated “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play,” directed and produced by Bryan Fonseca, at the Phoenix Theatre in downtown Indianapolis on Sunday, October 3, 2010.  That was the weekend it opened here.  It is scheduled to run for two more weekends.

As wonderful as it is, it is not the sort of play that is going to be snapped up by community theatres here in central Indiana, and somehow I don’t see the other professional theatres picking it up, either, so if you want to see it, you had better make time to see it at the Phoenix.  But even beyond the Phoenix’s exclusivity, the Phoenix’s production of this play is lovely.  Truly lovely.

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